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Under the Hood: John Hammond Jr. on the 1960s NYC music scene

John Hammond Jr. is a living legend of acoustic blues music.  The son of legendary record producer John Hammond, he began playing raw country blues in Greenwich Village in the early 1960s.  It did not take long for his reputation to grow to unimaginable heights.  Just listen to John Hammond Jr. reminisce about his musical adventures back in the day…

In 1967 I had put a little band together and I was playing at a club in New York called the Gaslight. And the week that Jimi Hendrix dropped out of the tour he had with the Monkees, he came to this club where I was playing and sat in with us for a week. And the next day actually, Eric Clapton had come to New York, and he came. I think I met every person that was in that club during that time. “I saw you with Jimi Hendrix and Eric Clapton!” - John Hammond Jr.